Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by devesh.r, 27 Jul 2011.
hi what is the difference with lps and sps and which is
easier to take car of.
LPS is the easier one of the two, but please do resurch before purchasing as not all there needs are the same
LPS are much easier to keep, SPS need good lighting good flow and of course a Low nutrient system. I've started with a plate coral and 2 leather corals they are growing very fast. So look to start with the more hardy LPS or even start with polyps, green star polys are very hardy.
LPS - Large Polyp Stony corals
Needs medium light, medium flow, a bit of nutrients in the tank but not too much. May require occasional feeding eg meaty foods. Most species relatively easy to keep. Some can be pretty expensive.
SPS - Small Polyp Stony corals
Strong light, high random flow, low nutrient system. Some difficult to keep. Montiporas fairly easy if tank setup is right. Can be very expensive.
With both you need to monitor calcium, magnesium and kH as they have hard skeletons that needs that.
There are obviously different needs for different species and I only gave you a quick, short rundown. There are many more to this. Like mentioned, research well before buying anything and ask us here on MASA - our advice is free
you rather start off with zoas and shrooms then later on move on to LPS.. All depends on you set up and if you do adequate research before you buy anything. Dont buy anything that you dont know anything about
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